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 "The Christian blood you shed is the seed you sow." Extreme Devotion

“The Christian blood you shed is the seed you sow; it springs from the earth and increases all the more.”

The Christians in the early church thrived in the face of intense persecution by cruel government authorities. Their brothers and sisters were being tortured, maimed, burned, and murdered for the sake of Christ. Each martyred believer gave the other remaining believers even more resolve. They looked past their own fears for their lives and saw only the fields white for harvest as Jesus described those who are ready to accept Christ. They gave the following daring response to the judges and authorities in charge of the persecution:

And now O judges, go on with your show of justice, and you will be righteous in the opinion of the people as often as you make a sacrifice of Christians.

Crucify, torture, condemn, and grind us to powder. Your injustice is illustrious proof of our innocence, for the proof of this is that God permits us to suffer.

But do your worst, and create your inventions for tortures upon the Christians; it serves no purpose. You do, however, attract the world and make it more in love with our faith. The more you mow us down, the quicker we rise.

The Christian blood you shed is the seed you sow; it springs from the earth and increases all the more.


[i]Though these words were written centuries ago, this message is still being fulfilled today. Over forty nations of the world are currently experiencing religious persecution. In many of these nations, however, the church is flourishing with new believers every season and increased boldness among its members. Persecution has not accomplished its goal of reducing the followers. In fact, it has often served to increase the number of those willing to sacrifice. As followers of Christ, we can view the opposition that patrols the fields of souls waiting to accept Christ as giants waiting to devour us. Or we can view the opposition as mere scarecrows—counterfeit images of fear. Will you enter the harvest fields to labor for Christ?[/i]

 2009/6/10 18:29





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